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Simon Gott 9th Apr 2014 - 10:22

Rod's Odds - Premier League Darts Week 10, Sheffield

With the hustle and bustle of relegation finally over - Simon Whitlock and Wes Newton being the two that have taken an early bath - the battle is now on to find the top four and a place at the O2 on the 22nd May.
Michael Van Gerwen heads the league on 14 points hotly pursued by Peter Wright (1 point adrift). Barney is on 11 with Lewis on 10. They are the top four at the moment. Taylor is only 1 point out of that top four on 9, Chisnall and Anderson come next on 8 and bottom of the eight players is Thornton on 6. The crucial nights for the players will be the double headers - they could sink or swim in some of them. Preparation is completely different and the seasoned Premier League players should have the advantage.
Last week the let down, from a betting point of view, was Michael Van Gerwen only drawing with Simon Whitlock. I suppose a relaxed Whitlock came to the party and cost Van Gerwen the win. The rest of the bets were pretty good with the highest checkout coming up again.
The Motorpoint arena in Sheffield hosts this Thursday's darts and the passionate Yorkshire crowd will be right up for what the five games will deliver.

Dave Chisnall v Raymond van Barneveld
First up is Dave Chisnall against Raymond Van Barneveld and, with Barney having two games on the night, this match will be crucial to how he plays against Peter Wright last match on.
So many matches in this year's Premier League have been so hard to predict, even for us so called experts, and this one is no exception. The problem is there are so many variables with these two. Chisnall has his prolific scoring power but missed doubles sometimes haunt him and he's up against the all round game that Barney possesses but he himself sometimes finds it hard to get lifted when he trails in the game.
I'm going for a Barney win here. It will be close but I just think that he will take the chances when given them. Chisnall needs to get out of the gate very quickly and take good advantage of the chances his scoring power gives him to get anything out of the game.
Look out for Barney to have the highest checkout in this one as that could be the telling factor in his win.

Peter Wright v Gary Anderson
Peter Wright takes on new father Gary Anderson in the second game and what a cracker this will be. Wright has the game that does not see many mistakes whereas Anderson does tend to miss doubles at crucial times like he has over the last two weeks.
Peter changed his darts again last week and the Tweeter who said "total confidence or one crazy dude" posed a great question. My answer is loads of confidence and just a little mad, a perfect combination. I do ask myself at times what is he looking for as perfection can not be achieved in sport.
Another hard game to call, however I'm going for that extra bit of consistency of Wright over the power scoring of Anderson whose mind might be more on the newborn and less on the match.
Again over on the legs. The 180s will be dictated to what what darts Wright will use, however I feel that Anderson will hit more.

Michael van Gerwen v Robert Thornton
Third game has Michael Van Gerwen playing Robert Thornton and with Michael dropping a point last week he will be bang up for not dropping anymore against the Scotsman.
Thornton survived relegation and now being four points adrift of fourth place he has nothing to lose, just like Whitlock last week.
The only chance I see for Robert is to get in front early on as Simon did and then impose his game on Michael - a hard task against the World champion.
I have to go with a Van Gerwen win.

Phil Taylor v Adrian Lewis
The next match could be the best of the night when fourth plays fifth with just one point separating Phil Taylor and Adrian Lewis. Adi last week was simply not on his game hitting only one maximum against Barney. On the other hand Taylor was flying in beating Thornton.
The one thing for me is who wants it most. Crazy statement, but a true one. Lewis has already beaten Taylor this year in the League but is not at the top of his game whereas Taylor wants revenge big time and is playing well enough to get it.
I have to go with the form book of last week and go with Taylor.
Although Adi did not hit many 180s last week I do think he will win that race.

Raymond van Barneveld v Peter Wright
The endurance of the players in this last game could be the difference between the win or lose when Wright takes on Barneveld for their second games of the night and we already know how good they both are and how good they can be.
So, straight down the middle and a draw for me.

MY BEST BETS
Van Gerwen and Taylor for the wins.
A lot of the games are going all the way so try all of them over on legs.
Over again on the checkout, it has done us good over the weeks.
This year's Premier league has thrown up a lot of draws and it will not stop so keep trying those draws.
 
 
 

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